Grant will help Oakwood teen centers

The Metro Health Foundation recently awarded a $3,600 grant to Oakwood’s Inkster Teen Health Center (ITHC) and Taylor Teen Health Center (TTHC) to assist in providing accessible, affordable, preventative health care to local teens.

The ITHC is a school-based health center that is located in Inkster High School and has been providing medical care in partnership with the Inkster School District. The TTHC is a school-linked adolescent health center that is located in the City of Southgate serving Taylor School District students. Both Centers provide comprehensive, accessible and affordable services to youth between the ages of 10 and 21. These locations make it easy for young people to access quality healthcare services without missing class or causing a parent to miss work. The students often come from low-income, single-parent homes with limited parental involvement. These patients frequently do not have primary care physicians or accessible healthcare outside of the Centers.

Inkster schools enrollment has increased dramatically in recent years, accepting many students living in Detroit. Taylor is also disproportionately affected by poverty, violence, crime and substance abuse. This has escalated utilization of the Centers, resulting in a greater need for medical supplies and lab testing services. According to Sandra Parker, NP, nurse practitioner at the ITHC, the grant from Metro Health Foundation will help to fund these essential supplies and testing services.

The Metro Health Foundation is a private Detroit grant-making foundation supporting Michigan organizations in health care and health-related fields.

CUTLINE:Jeff Cook (left) director of school-based health for Oakwood Healthcare and Heidi LeHue development officer for the Oakwood Foundation, accept a grant check from Glenn Kossick, President Emeritus of the Metro Health Foundation to help pay for supplies and fund services at the Oakwood teen health centers in Taylor and Inkster.